Xianzi: the dying art of making Tibetan fiddles by hand

//Xianzi: the dying art of making Tibetan fiddles by hand

Xianzi: the dying art of making Tibetan fiddles by hand

Many people might be familiar with the erhu, a two-stringed Chinese fiddle that sits on the lap. Fewer might know the Tibetan variation, called the xianzi, or piwang.Like the erhu, the xianzi consists of a long wooden neck and two strings, which are played with a bow. A sound box, usually made with animal skin, sits on the bottom to amplify the sound, which tends to be louder and more high-pitched than that produced by the erhu.There are few written records of the xianzi’s history, though a…

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